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Pari-mutuel wagering on daily fantasy sports are coming to Nevada race and sports books.
Daily Fantasy Sports Pari-Mutuel Wagering: Coming To A Track Near You?

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a new form of daily fantasy sports based on the kind of pari-mutuel wagering used in horse racing, and the man who came up with the concept said he wants to bring the game to pari-mutuel racing states. The company given unanimous approval for an off-track, pari-mutuel sports […]

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Glen Berman, executive director of the Florida HBPA
After Spike In Violations, Florida HBPA Seeking ‘Fix’ Of New Medication Rules

Twenty-one of the 50 trainers with the most starts at the 2015-16 Gulfstream Park championship meeting were served with administrative complaints for medication violations since new regulations went into effect in January. The new regulations for therapeutic medications, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June 2015, follow the drug schedule, threshold levels and withdrawal […]

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Tepin's victory at Royal Ascot this week provided one of the top moments of the racing season so far
The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Glass Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

Alas, the 2016 Triple Crown season is over, and unlike last year when one horse convincingly captured all three races in a historic run, three different horses took the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. To some, that might be considered a disappointment but there are other things to consider. In this edition of The Friday […]

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A traveling, life-sized version of the People's Horse is adorned with potential names
Crowdsourcing A Racehorse? That’s A Story Worth Hearing

New journeys often begin on a path to somewhere else. In this case, the original destination was a maximum security prison in Upstate New York and the fork in the road was a racetrack. It’ll make more sense in a minute. To get to the penitentiary, Geoffrey Gray and his colleague had to drive by […]

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to reduce payments to NYRA from the video lottery terminals at the Aqueduct casino
NYRA Re-Privatization And VLT Revenue: A Deal’s A Deal

So there’s a bill awaiting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature that would re-privatize the New York Racing Association. Sorta kinda. NYRA has been under Cuomo’s control for the last four years – one year longer than he promised when he swooped in and created his own operating board to manage Belmont Park, Aqueduct and […]

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Thank You, Readers: Eight Years Strong And Still Growing

Eight years ago this week, an out-of-work horse racing journalist and a former stage actor and Starbucks barista launched a humble website that hoped to find a niche in the Thoroughbred world. From the beginning, the Paulick Report set out to accomplish two things: 1) cover as much news as possible by linking to existing […]

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WinStar CEO Elliott Walden high-fives Irad Ortiz after Creator wins the Belmont Stakes
Random Observations From A Triple Crown Notebook

It takes a very good horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont.  It takes a great one to win all three races. We witnessed greatness in 2015. Sometimes, when there’s not much separation among the best 3-year-olds of a particular foal crop, the trip is the thing. Nyquist got the perfect trip under […]

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Private Zone will miss the Belmont Stakes Festival due to an unusual ruling regarding his trainer
The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Weeding Out The Drama

While there’s no chance of history doubling up this year in New York and no rematch between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, that doesn’t mean the final leg of the Triple Crown is devoid of excitement. For starters, a horse has been scratched based on a human connection testing positive. Plus, the battle of rabbits […]

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Affirmed and Alydar battle to the wire in the 1978 Belmont, the last time the Triple Crown was captured
Affirmed’s Belmont a Life-Changing Experience

(The following was originally published in 2013 and published again by special request.) Thirty-five years ago, on June 10, 1978, I walked from my Rogers Park apartment on Chicago’s North Side to the neighborhood L stop for a quick ride to Wrigley Field and an afternoon contest between the Cubs and San Diego Padres. I […]

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In the old days, determining a horse's status as a colt or gelding was less technical, as this George Stubbs portrait attests
Saga Of Suddenbreakingnews Raises Troubling Questions About Steroid Testing Uniformity

The recent revelation that Belmont Stakes contender Suddenbreakingnews is not a gelding but a ridgling was a surprise to everyone, including his connections. Somewhere along his journey, the horse was recorded as having been castrated, when in fact neither of his testicles had descended into his scrotum. The mistake was discovered when Kentucky officials contacted […]

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